A team from the Sarah Cannon Research Institute out of Nashville, TN visited Redmond Regional this week to meet with the Research Team and Administration for a quarterly review and update of the SCRI program at Redmond. The group discussed studies performed over the past three months and new studies on the horizon. Current studies include Champion Phoenix, a study comparing IV Cangrelor vs. PO Thienopyridines and Trigger-PCI, a study comparing the drugs Effient and Plavix.

Butch Garrison, RN, MSN, Redmond’s SCRI Clinical Research Coordinator says, “Redmond patients have the exclusive opportunity to participate in these ground-breaking new medical device and pharmaceutical trials. We are continually adding new trials and paving the way in research right here at Redmond.”

The SCRI research program at Redmond is the only one of its kind in Northwest Georgia that offers cardiac patients clinical research opportunities. Redmond and SCRI began this partnership along with the Harbin Clinic cardiologists in 2009 and have enrolled over 200 patients in studies.

Redmond Regional Medical Center is a 230 bed facility, serving as a referral source for all of northwest Georgia and parts of Alabama. Including its healthcare partners, Redmond has over 245 physicians with more than 30 specialties and a support staff of approximately 1,300 associates.

The Sarah Cannon Reasearch Institute bears the name of country music legend Sarah Cannon – otherwise known as "Cousin Minnie Pearl" – who after being diagnosed with cancer in 1985 spent the remaining years of her life as an advocate for cancer research.